The last few days I have been busy working on a set of placemats and a table runner from 8 fat quarters and a bit of solid cream yardage. I pretty much knew what I wanted for the placemats, and they came together fairly quickly.
Recently I saw a few zigzag quilts and thought something like that would look fun in these fabrics. A little nagging doubt at the back of my mind warned that while it would be fun it might have too much white space to really go with these placemats. On the other hand the zigzag would be so much fun. I ignored the nagging doubt and pushed ahead.
I spent all day yesterday fighting with 64 HST’s. Why do some come out perfectly square, and others, using exactly the same method and care, come out wonky? Anyhow, I trimmed and sewed them all into submission and did end up with a fun zigzag. It really needs a border, but I don’t have enough of anything suitable in my stash right now, so it is on hold pending at stop at the fabric store.
As the little voice in my head warned, it does have too much white space to go well with the placemats. It really shows when they are side by side. It will be fun on its own, but not as part of the set.
So today I obsessed. Here’s Take 2 on a matching runner (I can’t believe I had enough left from those 8 fat quarters to make take two and I still have decent scraps left):
This is another example of how important contrast is to make the Twister block pop. My fabric layout seemed to have a lot of contrast when it was just squares side by side, but by the time it was reduced to pinwheels a lot of the contrast was lost. I see some pinwheels because I’m looking for them, but most just don’t show. When my husband first looked, he saw scrappy diamonds instead. (Hmm…there’s another idea perking here for things to do with the Twister tool…)
That said, I think Take 2 will go quite well with the placemats. It is also much narrower so I will be able to have it on my rather narrow dining table at the same time as the placemats. Usually I use a runner alone, and remove it when I set the table with placemats because I can’t fit both.
So here’s the set. I need backing and batting, then I’ll have to figure out how I want to quilt everything.
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